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11
Oct
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Aspermont ISD gets ready for Homecoming 2019

Aspermont ISD gets ready for Homecoming 2019

Aspermont ISD 2019 Homecoming Court Nominees: Mackenzie Rojas (Freshman) Aaliyah Miller (Senior), Shelby Calamaco (Junior) and Partricia Murguia (Sophomore)

With a Columbus Day holiday for the district, Aspermont ISD students will be showing four days of spirit leading up to next Friday night’s homecoming game pitting the Hornets against the Rotan Yellowhammers.

Tuesday, students will dress as famous duos, and Wednesday, sporting their most fashionable thrift-shop duds. On Thursday, students will dress in “class colors” with kindergarten, first and second grades wearing purple.

Third, fourth, and fifth grades will be wearing green. Sixth through twelfth grades will wear colors of blue for sixth, pink, orange, yellow, black, white, and finally, red for the senior class. The traditional bonfire will be later that night at the football field.

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11
Oct
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Yellowhammer Band earns straight first-division ratings

Yellowhammer Band earns straight first-division ratings

ROTAN YELLOWHAMMER BAND BEGINS WARM UP BEFORE TAKING THE FIELD IN LAST SATURDAY'S MARCHING CONTEST AT SAN ANGELO UNIVERSITY'S CONCHO CLASSIC

The Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band received a full complement of first division ratings from judges at San Angelo University’s Concho Classic, also taking home third place in a total of nine schools. Yellowhammer Band Director Jessica Watkins recently began what she refers to as Bandtober, taking the 34-member group of young musicians to LaGrand Stadium in San Angelo. The group competed in the first of three consecutive competitions in the band’s effort to return to the State Marching Festival. The group earned first division ratings — the highest possible — from each of the judges at last Saturday’s Concho Classic. Watkins said she was proud of how well the band performed, saying how the students work hard and are always pushing each other. “They know when they’ve done something wrong, or when it’s not as good as they think it should have been, and they’ll fix it,” said Watkins.

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11
Oct
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Roby CISD Student Council strives to make a difference in their community

Roby CISD Student Council strives to make a difference in their community

ROBY CISD JUNIOR, PAYTON DICKSON READS TO THE PRIMARY STUDENTS FOR THE ROBY READER PROGRAM. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY KETH COOK, ROBY CISD SUPERINTENDENT

Last Friday, things were a little different on the Roby CISD Elementary campus, as members of the high school student council began the Roby Reader Program, taking time during the day to read books to daycare, pre-k, kindergarten, and first-grade students. Student council sponsor, Superintendent Keith Cook said it was an effort to connect high school students to those in elementary. “Our goal is to create an opportunity to mentor young students and promote literacy.” Student council members will go to six different locations every other Friday, spending a few minutes to read to the young minds and possible student council members of future years. “Being able to do this was really gratifying. Even though we are only able to be in the classrooms for a few minutes, it is evident that we can make an impact on them just as they do to us,” said Student Council President, Anslee Few.

Fri
04
Oct
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Roby CISD sets out to ‘Make a Difference’

Roby CISD sets out to ‘Make a Difference

Misty McWilliams, Principal for Student Affairs, along with her daughter, Keegan, give the base of the flagpole a fresh coat of paint during "Make a Difference day". PHOTO SUBMITTED BY KETH COOK, ROBY CISD SUPERINTENDENT

The Roby CISD Student Council, along with its sponsor RISD Superintendent Keith Cook, and almost three-dozen volunteers opened paint cans and slathered brushes to honor National Make a Difference Day last Saturday.

Cook said the high school started a student council earlier this year, and officers President Anslee Few, Vice-president Lucy Alls, and Secretary Kolby Gilbreath were instrumental in the project coming together. As National Make a Difference Day is officially held the fourth weekend in October — overlapping Roby CISD’s homecoming festivities — the council and numerous volunteers got together a little early.

Council members, Cook, and over 30 others met at the school early Saturday morning. The district supplied paint and brushes and volunteers gave time and labor in a campus-wide beautification project. With dozens of things needing attention, just about everything from the press box to the curbs to the fire hydrants got a fresh coat of paint.

Fri
04
Oct
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Lions Club test students’ vision

Lions Club test students’ vision

Pictured l to R: Dr. Jerry Marshall, Carolyn Hargrove, Charla Wylie, Karley Briggs, Aidan Cannon, Sonya Benson, Tayden Yanez, Steve Mackey, Shyanne Gaspar, Judy Mackey, Kambrie Shelly, Elijah Norton, Ariana Alonzo, Nevaeh Rodriguez, Olivia Messick, Kayla Gonzalez, Vera Gonzales

Members of the Roby Lions Club came out to test the vision of over a hundred Rotan students Monday, unveiling new eye scanners the club has worked with neighboring organizations for over a year to acquire.

Teaming up with Lions Clubs from Snyder and Lamesa, the Roby Lions Club generated enough funds to purchase three new eye scanners, devises that had to be rented in the past. The scanners look and operate similar to a camera, with lights and sounds designed to attract the younger kids’ attention.

It simply takes a picture and computes whether a person should see an eye doctor. Although the scanners do diagnose, it works quite well at detecting major and minor vision problems.

Fri
04
Oct
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AISD employee placed on leave

Aspermont ISD has placed Coach Jerry Carreon on leave after weeks of public debate, with locals expressing both condemnation and support for the coach. The Department of Family and Protective Services also confirmed it conducted an investigation at the school, but there are no official reports linking the two incidents.

Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) representatives earlier this week confirmed the state had conducted an investigation at AISD. However, any specifics of the allegations, the investigation, the nature of any findings, or any individuals involved remain confidential by law.

Like all DFPS’s cases, school investigations begin when the department’s hotline receives a report alleging abuse or neglect of a child. Once initiated, investigators conduct interviews with the alleged victim(s), as well as the alleged perpetrator(s).

Fri
27
Sep
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2019 Rotan Homecoming King & Queen

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2019 Homecoming King, Noah Foster

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Fri
27
Sep
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Rotan ISD Board grants increase to superintendent’s pay

After a short executive session meeting to conclude last week’s Rotan ISD Board Meeting, trustees approved a superintendent salary increase in a 6-1 vote. The board also reviewed excellent attendance reports and learned of possible technology upgrades.

Rotan ISD Superintendent Greg Decker has been no stranger to debate amongst trustees regarding his contract in recent years. Despite steadily increasing test scores, improving accountability ratings, and stabilizing finances, the board has returned split votes on the chief educator for years.

Decker first faced opposition in early 2017 when board members Guy Nelson and Clinton Williams voted against his contract renewal. Williams later resigned from the board, and Nelson was the solitary vote against the extension in 2018.

Fri
27
Sep
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Aspermont ISD amend faculty handbook and hear of future improvements

Although the Aspermont ISD trustees spent almost an hour behind closed doors last week discussing recent personnel issues, no official action was taken except for amending the district’s faculty handbook. Board members also heard about educational enhancements and continuing facility improvements.

Superintendent Zach Morris explained that while the district has policies in place regarding electronic communication between teachers and students, the wording of these policies were not contained within the faculty handbook. For instance, district policy DH(LOCAL)-A states in part:

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Fri
20
Sep
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2019 Rotan Homecoming Court

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King will be announced Friday at the pep rally in Downtown Rotan at 2:15pm and Queen will be announced at halftime of the football game against Moran which begins at 7:30pm. Everyone is invited to stay for the Hogg Maulies concert at the football field immediately following the game.

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